Are you exhausted emotionally and/or physically yet still want an organized home? This list of 20 easy things to declutter when overwhelmed will change your life!
I’ve thought about writing this post for months, but the truth is I have health struggles and feelings of overwhelm.
But my real heart is to help you see the connection between clutter and grief and how to get unstuck.
Why is this so important to me? Because I’ve been where you are and still struggle with the overwhelm that comes from too much stuff and not enough time or energy.
My 53-year-old sister Brenda passed away unexpectedly in 2000 from a massive heart attack. It broke our hearts and changed everything for my family.
I became a substitute mom for my then 20-year-old niece Jennifer. Together we walked through the process of dealing with all the pieces of my sister’s life, both physical and emotional.
To sort through all the remnants of a life cut short by unknown heart disease devastated us. Busy years were also spent raising my new family (a sibling group of three by adoption and our two bio kids.)
Time spent consoling my niece and just surviving kept me from processing the grief.
My mom and dad moved into nursing care at the end of 2007 and my dad passed away in 2009. Mom moved to an assisted living home (she didn’t need as much care at the time) and passed away on Christmas Eve 2010.
Due to nursing home neglect, my mom wandered outside the locked doors of her facility in the middle of the night and died from hypothermia. It was just one more tragedy to add to our family’s pain.
The year of my 30th wedding anniversary my marriage fell apart, the final piece that caused me to seek counseling for the wounds and griefs that overwhelmed me.
In the middle of this process I was diagnosed with the Epstein Barr Virus and chronic exhaustion became my constant companion.
I’m wondering if you can relate? Is your life filled with too many responsibilities and not enough time? Do you need some easy solutions for getting your home under control a little bit at a time?
If this is you, I’m here to help! My DIY husband and I have done major projects (such as totally gutting our kitchen and creating an office in a closet) and many smaller ones (like our small linen closet makeover and a DIY headboard from a closet door.)
But we’re getting older and we’ve both struggled with health problems that have affected our ability and desire to do projects.
After reading so many of my readers comments, I believe we all need easy, manageable tasks that can be done as we feel up to it and have the time.
I totally understand how hard it is to just GET STARTED when you’re struggling physically and/or emotionally.
***So I created a FREE PRINTABLE to give you 20 easy things to declutter when overwhelmed! The list is in no particular order so start wherever you’d like!
Here are my best tips for decluttering and organizing if you face health or emotional struggles like I do.
20 Easy Things to Declutter when Overwhelmed
- Gather any materials needed ahead of time.
- Evaluate how you feel and how much time you have to devote to a project.
- Put on some music or a podcast that inspires you.
- Begin by discarding items first.
- Check off the completed project on the list!
20 Easy Things to Declutter When Overwhelmed
Gather any materials needed ahead of time.
If you need trash bags or organizers make sure you have these on hand before you start. We don’t want to waste precious time searching for supplies!
Evaluate how you feel and how much time you have to devote to a project.
Honestly, you’re the only one who knows how much time and effort you can invest in an area at any given time. Don’t beat yourself up if you’re only able to take 10 minutes and tackle an area. Ten minutes is better than nothing!
Once you’ve decided on the amount of available time set a timer. If it goes off and you’re feeling in the groove keep going!
Put on some music or a podcast that inspires you.
You might not “feel” up to the task but I know for sure that putting on worship music or a fun podcast helps the time go by faster and gives me energy.
Begin by discarding items first.
If you’re tackling a junk drawer throw away all the pens and accessories that serve no purpose. We want to whittle down all the things we don’t need!
If there’s something that belongs somewhere else in the house go ahead and take it to its home right then! Don’t procrastinate or make more piles!
Check off the completed project on the list!
I don’t know if you’re like me, but I’m a list maker. I’ll put things on the list just so I can check them off and feel the rush of success!
If this post has spoken to you, would you let me know? Just comment below how I can help you right where you are. You are not alone!